If you get sweaty palms just thinking about parallel parking, well the good news is – you’re not alone!
A new survey has found that the majority of Australian drivers suffer from “parallel-o-phobia,” which is a fear of parallel parking.
Car insurance comparison service comparethemarket.com.au recently surveyed 1155 Australian drivers and found that over half (59%) of Aussies are terrified of parallel parking, with 38% embarrassed of holding up traffic and 36% most worried they’ll hit another car while trying to park.
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When asked the lengths they have gone to avoid parallel parking, 55% of people said they had parked up to 10 minutes walk from their destination, 38% said they had driven past an empty space and 22% said they had continued to circle the street until an easier park came up.
Over a third (36%) admitted to needing at least one or two goes to park before getting it right, and 6% said they had never even attempted to parallel park since their test.
Abigail Koch, spokesperson for comparethemarket, said the survey did however reveal that motorists gained confidence with parallel parking with age.
“Parallel parking strikes fear in the heart of many motorists. However, practice makes perfect, which is why our older survey respondents indicated a much higher level of confidence when it comes to completing a successful parallel park,” she said.
“The results reveal that ability and confidence improve with age, as nearly two-thirds (63%) of Boomers (50 years +) said they had never shied away from parallel parking, and 61% said they usually nail it on their first attempt.”
“At the other end of the spectrum, a quarter (25%) of Gen Ys (18 – 34 year olds) said they would rather wait for someone to move their car to open up a bigger space than attempt a tricky park, and a further 16% said if worst came to worst they would ask someone else to park their car for them.”